From August 29th to September 2nd 2017, Project Pengyou organized their 3rd annual Fulbright Leadership Lecturer Program Conference and Orientation in Beijing. The Fulbright Lecturer Program is a semester or year-long exchange for American University professors to come teach in China at a Chinese University. All the professors are established in their respective fields back in the U.S., and they get to share that in-depth knowledge with Chinese students while learning about Chinese culture first-hand from their students and colleagues.
This year, they were joined by ten Regional Language Orientation (RELO) Fellows from the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Programs who were all in China serving 10-month long fellowships. During the 4-day conference, attendees explored the traditional side of China (which included taking a dumpling-making class and hiking up the Great Wall), listened to and shared stories from different perspectives (which includes those from current students at the Beijing Foreign Studies University) and had the honor of being hosted at a dinner reception by U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad and his wife Christine at the Ambassador’s Residence.
We wish the Fulbright Fellows the best of luck as they spend the next year exploring China, connecting with their new students, and creating new stories about their experiences abroad!